5 times anti-Christian sentiment manifested on campus in 2020
Over the years, Campus Reform has reported on hundreds of instances of anti-Christian sentiment at American universities.
Here are five of the worst instances from this year.
1. Harvard University
Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet called for a ban on homeschooling, decrying “conservative Christians” in the process.
In a Harvard Gazette interview entitled “A warning on homeschooling,” Bartholet attributed rising interest in homeschooling to the “growth in the conservative evangelical movement,” stating that “conservative Christians” use the practice to “escape from the secular education in public schools,” after a failed effort “to have their children exempted from exposure to alternative values in schools.”
2. Pepperdine University
An op-ed written by a Pepperdine University senior advised the Christian school to “rethink” its “religious framework.”
“While religion plays a major role in American culture, a growing trend of religious skepticism rising in the U.S. leaves some Christian-affiliated schools with outdated structures and practices,” wrote the student. “In the coming years, Pepperdine should consider altering its policies that come with its Christian affiliation to improve the community and the experience among its students.”
According to Pepperdine’s website, 53 percent of its students identify with a Christian denomination.
3. Oregon State University
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies professor Susan Shaw alleged that “White Christians” are responsible for California fires due to their “denial of climate science.”
“The West is burning while most white Christians turn away from the root causes of the devastation,” Shaw wrote in an article for Baptist News General. “White evangelicals continue to support Donald Trump overwhelmingly, even though the Trump administration has tried to roll back more than 100 environmental protection regulations.”
Shaw also wrote that “the White church is invested in white supremacy” and that “White Christians will have to change.”
4. Texas A&M University
Campus Reform exclusively obtained a classroom presentation written by anthropology professor Filipe Castro, who argued that “American WASPs (White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants) tried to keep Irish, Germans, Greeks, Italians, Eastern Europeans, Jews, and Catholics out of the white race.”
He also said that faith “inspires people to do what they think is right: impose God’s will, expressed in God’s laws, on the rest of us,” and characterized religion as ”what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”
In his Facebook posts, Castro stated that religion is a “neurological defect" and "magic thinking.”
5. University of Vermont
Religion professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst blamed “white Christian nationalism” for racial tensions in the United States.
“White Christian nationalism is the thing we’re all watching—it’s inextricable from the anti-Blackness murdering folks, it is baked into the state,” wrote Fuerst on Twitter. “Resources from all over, of course, but if you’re ignore [sic] religion STILL—I can’t fathom why, at all."
Fuerst also retweeted a picture of President Trump holding a Bible alongside her own profane comments.
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